Solved can't install win7 over preinstalled Linpus Linux

May 20, 2012 at 01:55:28
Specs: Windows 7 HP, pentium p6200, 4gb RAM
I have new laptop with linpus pre-installed. I bought a copy of WIN7. I changed the boot order, now win7 starts, opens a DOS window and reads.....x:\windows\system32\wpeinit

OK...what next!
I read that i should delete the Linux partitions and format the HDD
Can i format the HDD and then put the win7 disk back in?


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#1
May 20, 2012 at 02:57:59
Yes, you must boot from the Windows 7 DVD, delete the existing Linpus partition, then create a new partition, then install Windows 7 on that new partition. You can perform all those operations with the Windows 7 DVD.

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#2
May 20, 2012 at 04:39:22
If the install disk does not offer the option directly, choose Custom Install, then select Partition/Format, then you will have the option to delete the current partitions, repartition and format to NTFS. Then you can continue with the install.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#3
May 20, 2012 at 08:44:12
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If you have no intentions of ever going back to Linux, delete ALL partitions, then create at least 2 new ones (one for Windows, one for data storage), format using NTFS, then proceed with the installation. I suggest you use the HDD manufacturers software to prepare the partitions (not the Win7 disk), that way you'll avoid the creation of the hidden Win7 boot partition.

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#4
May 20, 2012 at 08:57:31
The screen should have been a menu and not a dos looking prompt. Do you see a menu that is in the windows 7 theme?

I am not sure I would fool with two partitions. Not much reason for it these days. Kind of a hold over from long ago.

The hidden partition is really a useful space and I'd leave it.

The microsoft site has all the needed information for installing it. They don't mention exactly the linux deal but as above you either have to delete forever or dual boot.

Hang up and live.


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#5
May 20, 2012 at 14:48:49
Jefro: I actually had a computer that got a root kit and the only method of removing it removed a critical system file. Reinstalling or reimaging without disturbing the storage partition makes it simpler so two partitions is still an advantage.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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